GLEN ROSE - Texans benefit every day from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by a group of more than 7,300 men and women in communities across the state. These local volunteers are elected by their constituents and receive no compensation for their work as public servants. These men and women are the school board members of Texas.

January is School Board Recognition Month and Glen Rose ISD will take this opportunity to thank these local leaders for devoting time to support public education and serve our local schools.

It’s more important than ever before that the public shows support for public education. Board members face critical challenges in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand strong and guard against anything that takes away from our children and undermines our public schools,” said Wayne Rotan, Glen Rose ISD superintendent.

Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students. In these challenging times, they face difficult choices and shoulder critical responsibilities. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Rotan said.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, GRISD is a TEA Recognized (2009-2013) district serving 1,681 students, comprised of Glen Rose Elementary (PK-2), a Title I Distinguished Performance and Exemplary (2009-2013) campus, Glen Rose Intermediate School (3-5), a Just 4 The Kids High Performing and Exemplary campus (2009-2013), Glen Rose Jr. High (6-8), a Recognized campus (2009-10), and Glen Rose High School (9-12), a Recognized campus (2009-10) recently acclaimed by TEA for Exceptional Use of the High School Allotment for Improving Curriculum Alignment or Preparing Students for Successful Transition from Middle School to High School or from High School to College.

GRISD has utilized the HS Allotment funds to create a college-going culture within the district and campuses and have expanded participation in dual credit courses. In 2012-2013, Glen Rose ISD implemented a 1:1 computer program utilizing MacBooks for students in grades 6-12.

The board members serving GRISD are Board President Marilyn Phillips, 15 years); Vice President Tom Lounsberry, 10 years; Secretary Kelley Snodgrass, 11 years; Wade Busch, nine years; Kevin Taylor, seven years; Brady Brown, six years; and Andy Snow, five years.

“Our district benefits from the contributions of the dedicated efforts of these local citizens who truly care about our kids. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $31,452,110 million, of which $14 million is sent back to the state in the form of recapture; 1,681 students; 271 employees; and four campuses.

We applaud their willingness to serve as advocates for our children and the voice of public education,” he said.